Marcia Hylan

Litter is continuing proof of a society in decline

We recently adopted a dog whose daily walks have resulted in my becoming something of an archeologist of the roadside.

What have I found? I have discovered continuing proof of a society in decline, in which some (fueled by despair or self-loathing) litter without a second thought.

The artifacts we find while sidestepping broken glass from beer bottles (not friendly to dog paws) are empty beer cans and fast-food packaging. The favored brands are Budweiser, Busch, McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts, I can't help help but note the irony that the packaging that contains “food” most destructive to our bodies also makes up the bulk of the litter on our roads.

As Green Up Day approaches and we are picking up roadside litter, maybe we can try to come up with ways to reach the litterbugs, to help them out of their disenfranchisement, and to bring them into mainstream society, where we put our litter into garbage cans.

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March for the Iraq Moratorium

I  am one of the people who have been marching on Friday afternoons in Brattleboro to call for accountability in government and an end to the occupation in Iraq. To the many of you who have expressed your support, I thank you. It was our hope that we would...

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